Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Monday, July 01, 2013

Still Alive!

I had migrated what little of this site I had written to techintoenglish.net. Then, the inevitable WordPress security bug caused my site to be hacked. Lesson learned. Pure HTML 5 from here on out.

Techintoenglish.net will return, under the new moniker techguycanhelp.com. Look for it in the next few months. I hope to make it a platform for rational, fun, informative discussion about tech, life, and tech in life, and how to make the most of one's technology.

I am excited and hopeful for this new venture. Check back in few weeks, will ya?

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

What is Dogfooding? Why should I try to eat my own?

Does the idea of opening a big can of Ken-L-Ration and plunging in with a large spoon for your next lunch scare you? Gross you out? Make you nervous about diseases, mad cow, etc?

The subject today, folks, is a #techterm (to make the term search-able is why the pound sign is there) known in the technology business as Dogfooding. What in the name of time is Dogfooding? As you may be able to guess, it means eating dogfood that you yourself have made, or simply, using your own product and solutions.

If you are a private or independent technology consultant, as I am, this idea is critical. But, in all walks of life, dogfooding is important, as it prevents a dreaded symptom of not taking our own medicine; Hypocrisy. No one wants to be or even feel like a hypocrite.

Yes, using your own solution to fix your own issues is very important and a fine way to learn more about yourself, your needs, your industry, et cetera, and on and on...however, even I get tired of Dogfooding, sometimes...like in the previous sentence. Have a great day, dear readers.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

What should I do about Windows Phone 7?

Wait.

But check it out at your local T-mobile and AT&T store if you have time...it is very impressive to play with.

However, you may find yourself irresistibly drawn to it's bold new interface. It is a stunning achievement by Microsoft. Then, by all means, if you are not heavily invested in Android or iPhone, feel free to buy.

Why the New #Nook isn't DOA and it has nothing to do with hardware...

Barnes and Noble has one large advantage over Amazon in the e-reader wars that may seem as a disadvantage to the professional observer like me.

Barnes and Noble started as a #brick-and-mortar enterprise. They understand the pleasure of finding an entire catalog of works, not just the ones that sell best, from a new author a reader has become enamored by. So they will have the obscure sophomore effort by Salman Rushdie, for example, while Amazon, may not have it available to download, because it doesn't sell, you see, and Amazon is about choice, sure, but Mr. Bezos and company are also about profit margins above breadth of back catalogs.

Barnes and Noble are the specialists, they actually have helped create the demand for books in the first place. They know their customer. Amazon is still learning the habits of the highly voracious reader, a species switching rapidly to the e-publishing medium. Should be an interesting contest till Amazon buys Barnes and Noble's back catalog rights, and then, my friends, it will all be over...

Monday, October 25, 2010

So, what's so great about the Nook?

Well, in the tiny little island called Jaytv land, the functionality of a product must follow closely just behind It's form...unless it is an #Apple product, and then all bets are off...

The Nook at first seemed to be such a strange device...then I spoke with my lone adopter...as I will call my #decider/influencer mentioned below.

She mentioned the Nook's true strength, right out of the box...the completeness of Its back catalog of both authors' earlier works, and complete sets of all technical manuals in any given series.

BIG Deal, I was thinking...more tomorrow on how wrong I was...

Saturday, October 23, 2010

However, all is not right in the #e-publishing and #Kindle paradise.



That, my friends, is the Kindle. An item so good at what it does, it is well on the way to being the generic name of the activity it facilitates, namely reading books that you do not physically own. What do I mean? The Kindle allows you to buy books digitally, not by some physical medium as primitive as say, oh, paper? It does this nearly seamlessly.

However, all is not right in the #e-publishing and #Kindle paradise.

Are you ready for this? The Nook, from Barnes and Noble, has some significant advantages, some I don't think Mr. Bezos or his team care about or are not possibly aware of. Yep, I said it, in some ways, the #Nook is a more #fully-realized product.

I spent part of a sunny So. California afternoon recently in the waiting room of my local Mazda dealer. I met a extremely passionate devotee of the Nook, who just happens to be a major influencer/decider (code for VIP) at the top aircraft fastener company in the world. I promised her the same anonymity as myself in writing about her take on e-books and e-publishing in general, and specifically, why she proudly bought a Nook and defends it to all who ask why.

what a fascinating conversation! Tune in later for the reasons I believe the Nook has a niche following that could grow significantly over the near-term.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

So, here comes HP roaring back to the Party...4G but only 2G Pre, oh wait, never mind...

Ok folks, this is Big, as in the largest technology company #in_the_world big.  HP is launching it's first foray back into a market it once created, and failed to dominate, even though it was the first coming, the #iPaq. Sound familiar?  HP tried to make a phone out of the iPaq, and met with yawns from the marketplace.

Yep, the thunder rolls and the lightning strikes where I sit blogging away here in So Cal, but this is a smirk-inducing piece of news, as Engadget put it so eloquently;

  http://www.engadget.com/palm_2_coming_to_france

France?!?  Really?  Ok, well this part makes sense.  I'll explain why later...what do you think folks?  The comment sections, as always, are open...

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Why Email #Blogging is The Greatest thing since text blogging.

Is it?  This is a test, this is only a test...we will be back to your regularly scheduled programs forthwith...

Thursday, October 14, 2010

What everybody knows, but doesn't...

4G coming but only MiFi Verizon for the "revolutionary" iPad? Hmmm. Sounds fishy to me...methinks there is another plan to bring a certain #iphone or #MSiSMD in candy CDMA flavor to Big Red...whadda ya think folks?

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Procrastination

Did you know that your Inbox can reflect your state of mind? I do...that's why the Samsung review is so late...have so much to say but so many messages...